Zanu PF war over Bitu intensifies

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The fate of suspended Zanu PF Bulawayo women’s league chairperson, Evah Bitu, continues to hang in the balance, although the party’s national executive met over the weekend and recommended her immediate reinstatement.

Bitu was suspended from her post in May last year for allegedly failing to organise regular party meetings and to drum up support for Zanu PF women’s league deputy secretary Eunice Sandi-Moyo in the run-up to the national women’s league executive elections in 2009.

Although the Oppah Muchinguri-led Zanu PF women’s league executive has reportedly condemned the suspension as having been done without following procedures, the Sandi-Moyo-aligned provincial executive has declined to reinstate her, arguing she had a case to answer.

Sources said Bitu was being persecuted for allegedly backing Vice-President John Nkomo ahead of Obert Mpofu for the vice presidency following the death of Joseph Msika in August 2009.

“The national executive met in Harare over the weekend and said they did not see any wrong doing on the part of Bitu and that she should be reinstated,” said a party insider.

Although Bitu declined to comment over the matter, saying it was too sensitive, Sandi-Moyo told NewsDay her suspension was not linked to the election of the vice-president.

“We are not a little Egypt; we do not make internal decisions to overthrow (members).

“All I can say is this, it is very important, Bulawayo refuses to be dominated by other provinces,” Sandi-Moyo said.

The source said the women’s league sent its executive members, Shuvai Mahofa and Flora Buka, last month to investigate the matter but their findings were not made public.

The source accused Sandi-Moyo of dividing the women’s league to retain control of the wing in the province.